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24 November 2015 - 10:44 AM

Turkey:  It was in our airspace without permission, we shot it down

Russia:  It was in Syrian territory.  This is a very serious incident.


Neither side are backing down an inch.  The sort of rhetoric that comes before bigger incident.


CNN Turkey have released a radar track from the Turkish military that shows a couple of tracks clipping the edge of Turkish airspace.  Either the Turkish military have some very loose rules of engagement or someone has a hair trigger and a point to prove.


Although it's dangerous to do this based on virtually no hard facts, surely it would have been better to make this a public complaint about the Russians rather than shoot first.  (Caveated by me not knowing if there have been other incidents unreported and the Turks have just had enough or even knowing if the radar track is right.)

Question Time (19 November 2015)

19 November 2015 - 11:24 PM

Guppy faced Tory minister Anna Soubry acting all outraged when every other panel member calls her for her absolutely brain-dead idiot rantings.  "Britain has never faced anything as bad as Islamic State, ever".  Idiot.  Even Max Hastings had a rant at her, reminding her of World War 2 as just one example.

Refugee humanitarian disaster

16 November 2015 - 08:09 PM

Please read this thread as a human rather than a British (or whatever) person just interested in our little part of the world. 


I've just seen another news story about huge chains of refugees stuck across Europe, with a ridiculously large amount around the areas of Europe that turn severely cold about now until February.  The borders are going up again, charity is falling away and it's the poorer countries left with the can of having 6 and 7 figures of homeless refugees.  There are predictions of 10,000+ deaths simply from the winter, thirst, starvation and disease and that's assuming the host countries don't use the Paris shooting as an excuse to give up on them.


So, what are the options for the survival of the refugees?  Hard to impossible to send them back.  No-one wants them now.  Keeping them alive costs a lot of money, who is going to pay for that.  Even if they did go back, they'd be going back to a good chance of death from exactly the sort of people that were behind the Paris terrorism.


I've no answers, I'm just seeing if anyone else has one.  It does make me feel a bit grubby doing as little as we are to help.  I'm not insisting we take large numbers of them but surely there's more we can do.

And in other news

14 November 2015 - 04:58 PM

Suffolk squirrel stuck up a telegraph pole rescued by firefighters.

Breaking News! Betamax is dead

10 November 2015 - 12:09 PM

From March next year.